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The French Parliament has voted to banish the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ from official paperwork in the education system.

The new naming convention is aimed at ending discrimination against same sex parents but critics argue that it “dehumanises” parenthood and may lead to rows over who gets classified as ‘Parent 1.’

“This amendment aims to root in law children’s family diversity in administrative forms submitted in school”, said Valérie Petit, MP for the REM party of President Emmanuel Macron.

“We have families who find themselves faced with tick boxes stuck in rather old-fashioned social and family models. For us, this article is a measurement of social equality.”


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